Mammal March Madness

By: Lexi Parks

Lions

Species name: Panthera leo (latin) Lion (vernacular)

Population: 25,000 to 40,000

Community: Pride population is 13 to 17 and territory is up to 100 square miles

Lions habitat and niche

Habitat: Grass lands and open woods

Niche: Large hoofed animals that could be zebras and gazelles. Lions will also eat small prey. Lions usually hunt in groups. Female Lions usually do the hunting early in the morning or late at night. The males are larger and have larger manes. Lions can sleep up to 20 hours a day.

Why I chose the lion to win

The Lion is strong and fast. Crocodiles and humans are the only things that threaten lions. I believe my lion will win because it is at the top of the food chain. The lion usually outlasts the predators.